Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – China angered Indonesia’s neighboring countries. This is related to the country’s new map which annexes a number of other countries’ territories.
Monday, China’s Ministry of Natural Resources released its 2023 edition of the “China standard” map, as published in the Global Times. Not only do other countries’ land areas enter, but also the expansion of their claims in the South China Sea (LCS).
Especially in the South China Sea (LCS), China changed the concept of its territory from nine dashes to 10 dashes. The nine-dash line previously claimed the sea from the Paracel Islands (which Vietnam and Taiwan also claim) to the Spratly Islands which are disputed with the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
In a new concert of 10 dotted lines, China also firmly includes the territory of Taiwan into its territory. So far, Taiwan considers the island part of its country, even though the Taipei government refuses.
Photo: New map of China, 10 dotted line (Screenshot @globaltimesnews)
India reacted to this. The country issued a protest to China Tuesday.
This is because the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin plateau are included as official territory of Beijing. Aksai Chin itself is an area dispute that was contested on the border of the two countries and had led to bloody clashes in 2020.
“We have today lodged a strong protest through diplomatic channels with the Chinese side regarding China’s so-called ‘standard map’ in 2023 claiming Indian territory,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement. AFP, Thursday (31/8/2023).
“We reject the claim as having no basis. Such a move by China will only make it more difficult to resolve the border issue,” he added.
Malaysia also did the same thing, especially the LCS thermal. Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday rejected a new map by China that claims waters off Malaysia in the South China Sea part of Beijing.
“Malaysia does not recognize China’s claims in the South China Sea… which includes Malaysia’s maritime area,” the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“The SCS issue is a complex and sensitive issue… the dispute must be handled smoothly and rationally through dialogue based on international law,” Malaysia added.
“Malaysia also supports the creation of a Code of Ethics in the marine sector,” he said again alluding to matters being negotiated by Southeast Asian countries.
Taiwan has yet to comment on this. Likewise other countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam to the Philippines, which are often tense with China due to the SCS.
It should be noted that the LCS issue also made RI send a protest note to China. In 2020, the Republic of Indonesia was outraged by the violation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) violations committed by the Bamboo Curtain country ship in Natuna waters, Riau Islands.
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